Specific Storage Tips...

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its
door slightly ajar. Some items can be stored inside large appliances. Cartons can be
stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stove and cooking
equipment are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles and other metal items: To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag
containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books and documents: Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes
directly on the floor. Use pallets or skids to prevent moisture. Use packing to fill out
empty pockets in the cartons. Do not pack fragile items in the same carton with books.
Do not overload.

Bedding, Clothing, Curtains, Drapes & Linen: Clothing, curtains and drapes should
be stored on hangers. If hanging facilities are not available, such items should be
carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers or cedar chests along with bedding and
linen. Some facilities sell wardrobe style, cardboard cartons which help protect you
clothes. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storage. Avoid storing
anything that will attract rodents.

Dishes and Glassware: Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of the
cartons containing glassware. Label all cartons. All glass items should be individually
wrapped. Nest cups and bowls and stand plates, saucers and platters on edge.
Wrapped glasses should be placed toward the top of the carton.

Holiday Decorations: Save original cartons which contained delicate ornaments and
pad the ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a
piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.

Lamps: Wrap large lamp bases in padding. Wrap smaller lamps and place them in
cartons. Pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamps
shades or any other goods which may be damaged by ink stains. Do not store heavy
items atop cartons containing lamps or lamp shades.

Mirrors, Windows and Screens: These items should be stored on edge not flat.

Records and Phonographs: Records should be stored on edge to prevent warping.
When moving a record player, the tone arm and turntable should be secured to
prevent bounding.

Tools: Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with a rag containing a few drops of
machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should
be clean, lightly oiled and tied in bundles.
How do I select the right storage space for me?

Rental of storage space is determined by the total size of the items being stored. An efficiently
packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger,
well organized space (racks and file boxes) may be more convenient.

The following Self Storage Size Guide will help you estimate approximately how much space
you need to store your stuff:
Storage Size
Other Helpful Tips # 1
1. Inspect you storage unit and make a
list of packing accessories you will
need. Commonly used packing aids
include such items as newsprint or
wrapping paper, bubble-wrap, tape,
rope, drop cloths, polyurethane
sheeting, mattress and furniture
covers, pallets, skids, dehumidifiers
and cartons. The manager may have
some or all of these items for sale on
the premises.
Other Helpful Tips # 2

Place a pallet on the floor. Do not lean
items against walls. Leaving air space
around the unit's perimeter will aid
ventilation. Leave a walk way to the
rear of the unit. Use all the space
available, including its height.
Disassemble items such as bed frames.
Other Helpful Tips # 3, 4

3. Place frequently used items near the

4. Fill containers to capacity. Partially
full or bulging cartons may tip or
collapse. Heavy items such as books
or tools should be packed in small
boxes. If a carton is too heavy, it will
be hard to lift and should be divided
between two or more cartons.
Other Helpful Tips # 5, 6

5. Fragile items should be cushioned
by packing and placed toward the top
of the unit.

6. Label cartons and take home a list
of the labeled cartons for easy
reference when you need to locate
your property.
Notice to Vacate:

If you are going to move out and remove your items please fill out your
notice to vacate letter and send it in 10 days prior to the end of the month.  
For your convenience we have supplied you a
Notice to Vacate standard
letter.  Make sure you give us your new address if you have moved.
Furniture: Place a pallet, cardboard mat or plastic sheet on
the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end.
Disassemble beds and tables and wrap the legs in paper. If
a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and
place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use
dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for
linens or small, delicate items. Keep upholstery off the
floor. Most lightweight chairs should be stacked "seat to
seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be
disassembled. Place a light dust cover over your furniture.
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Storage Tips